Former Ohio State LB Chris Spielman suing school for use of player images 


Former Ohio State LB Chris Spielman suing school for use of player images 

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FILE - In this May 1, 2015, file photo, Chris Spielman speaks at the 2015 NFL Football Draft, in Chicago. One of Ohio State's most famous football stars sued the university Friday, July 14, 2017, over a marketing program he says used athletes' images without permission and robbed them of compensation. Linebacker Chris Spielman filed the antitrust lawsuit in federal court in Columbus on behalf of current and former Ohio State football players. The complaint targets Ohio State marketing programs and contracts that promote the university using likenesses of athletes, including a Honda-sponsored program of 64 banners hung around Ohio Stadium featuring photos of former players.

Former Ohio State All-American linebacker Chris Spielman is suing his alma mater to block the school from using player images in promotions without their consent, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Spielman, a two-time All-American at Ohio State and three-time All-Pro with the Detroit Lions, is suing the football powerhouse individually and as an “equity member of Profectus Group, DBA: The College Football Players Club,” the lawsuit, filed Friday, states. He is also suing Nike, Honda and the IMG Sports Radio Network.

Fellow Ohio State alum and two-time Heisman winner Archie Griffin echoed his support for the lawsuit in a statement:

“Although I am not the named Plaintiff in the class action litigation, I am in full support of the right of former athletes to receive compensation from corporations and universities who benefit from the unauthorized use of players names and likenesses. There is no greater supporter of collegiate athletics that me, and I will be forever greatful for the opportunities provided to me as a former student athlete. However, the recent landscape of collegiate athletics has changed, and these institutions and corporations have a duty to treat all former athletes fairly. As long as the players and universities partner together, this will be a “win-win” situation for all.

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